dLab: CU-Boulder’s digital journalism skills workshops, and more

dLab is a free workshop series and related digital-media training services available to students studying Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder. Workshops and other trainings and materials also are open to JMC faculty and staff, and other CU students, faculty, and staff on a space-available basis.

dLab is affiliated with the Digital News Test Kitchen.

dLab offerings


For spring 2013 semester, we’re offering four in-person workshops. All workshops are held in ATLAS 104, and are on Tuesdays between 3 and 5 p.m. (Free admission, but you must reserve a seat online due to limited space; details to appear hear shortly.)

Check the Test Kitchen’s Events page for the schedule and sign-up instructions.

In-classroom trainings

Professors and instructors in JMC at CU-Boulder can request a dLab instructor to visit you classroom and give presentations and trainings on a variety of digital-media topics. Contact Steve Outing or Daniel Schaefer to schedule a classroom visit.

Free web hosting and WordPress websites

dLab offers free web hosting or a free WordPress website to JMC students, faculty, and staff on our dedicated servers. To request an account, fill out this form.

Online digital-media training modules

dLab staff are developing a series of online training modules on various digital-skills topics. We’ll introduce some initial modules soon. If you have specific needs for online training for your students, contact Steve Outing or Daniel Schaefer.

Digital-media equipment loan and instruction

dLab continues to assemble an inventory of digital equipment and cameras for use by digital journalists. The equipment is stored in “The Vault” room on the third floor of the Armory building, 1511 University Ave., Boulder, CO. It is available for loan, depending on availability, to JMC students, faculty, and staff.

Some of the dLab equipment includes:

  • 4G mobile hotspots for live-stream video and off-site 4g internet connectivity
  • Go Bags: A shoulder pack equipped with digital equipment that a mobile journalist will need to report from the field, including sending in photos, audio, and video clips, and streaming live video
  • GoPro Hero3 extreme video cameras with wi-fi and various mounting accessories (We also have one older Hero2 model with wi-fi backpack)
  • iPod Touch 5′s and iPod Touch 4′s
  • Livestream Broadcaster wi-fi units for live-stream video
  • Livestream live-video streaming shared account
  • iPod Touch 5′s for mobile-reporting and live-reporting purposes
  • Mobile reporting kits
  • Mobile reporting kit accessories: lenses, microphones, lighting, carry bags
  • Ustream live-video streaming shared account
  • Swivl robotic tripod for video recording or live-streaming video without need of a camera operator (small devices only: smartphones; iPod Touch; flipcams; etc.)
  • GoPano 360-degree video lens for iPhone 4, 4S, and 5 devices
  • Lytro lightfield digital camera
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